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Don't cook your pet!
If your pet comes with you in the car, please be aware that day time temperatures of 24 degrees celcius can easily turn a parked car in to a convection oven for a pet!
Sometimes leaving windows open is simply not enough! If you HAVE TO, leave your pet in the car, make sure they have access to water (or bring them water regularly)
take them out, any chance you have and keep the windows OPEN (not cracked a little).
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Did you know our Police force has a very nice dog unit? Their dogs have been entering the dog shows recently. Have a look on their website!
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Join the Labrador Club of Kenya!
the LRCEA welcomes dogs of all colours, sizes and makes (even three legged!) are welcome!
Members enjoy free dog training sessions every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 under supervision of experienced trainers. Your dog will learn basic obedience and socialization. You can also choose to practice agility and retrieving, as well as interact with other dog owners, and breeders.
Wednesday mornings are a great chance to learn about dog behavior and care. You can gain free advice on any issues you may have and it's great fun too!!
Membership fees are only 1,500/- (KSH) per year with a one time fee of 2,500/- to join.
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The Kenya Vet Board making changes. For the better.
I have written columns about the quacks operating with impunity here in Kenya. Stories about so called vets arriving on motorbikes with a briefcase of loaded syringes with "vaccines" not refrigerated or labeled, guys that broker puppy and dog sales scribbling a signature on a generic vet card after buying drugs in town and doing their own vaccinations in the wrong order, leaving their puppies/dogs at risk for disease. ( I also have heard of and seen the vaccination cards provided by the puppy sellers near Westgate with no clinic name and no vet stamp, I suspect these puppies have had NONE of the vaccinations, even if the stickers are there, it's easy to pick through the trash from a vets and take the vaccine stickers) One dog trainer told me he spayed a client's dog in the yard with a diagram from the internet! There was even a case of a vet leaving his shamba boy to mix the flea & tick dip product and dipping 7 dogs belonging to the same family. The gardener either used the wrong product or mixed it incorrectly, resulting in the death of SEVEN dogs. Vet Labs in Kabete did a postmortem and found the dogs died of organic phosphate poisoning, the active ingredient in the dip.
The Kenya Vet Board has now really started to crack down and it's beyond time!
They have a great updated website www.KenyaVetBoard.org where you can check to see if your vet is properly registered. You can find a vet on the website. You may also report a complaint!
The Vet Board has pulled some licenses this year of vets that were non compliant in some way. People that are representing themselves as vets but are not vets or not currently registered with the vet board are feeling the heat as well! The Vet Board has also embarked on inspecting the vet's offices and surgeries. There are lists of minimal standards and protocols that must be adhered to; be it equipment, cleanliness or storage of drugs. For example, refrigerated vaccines must be in a separate refrigerator. It's no longer acceptable to store rabies vaccines next to the employees lunch! They don't allow expired drugs to remain on the shelves, they are checking that vets in each clinic have current licenses. Mobile vets (that operate out of their car and not in their own clinic) are required to register and pay a fee for each area where they intend to operate. One of the biggest positive changes in my opinion is the requirement of an internship. It used to be that a newly graduated Vet could just go out and make house calls, or set up a practice on their own with no supervision or oversight. Now they have to do an internship under a licensed vet for one year. I really don't want a new human Doctor or Vet to be able to diagnose, operate or prescribe medicines with out plenty of practice and experience. I want them to have a back up for cases that need a second opinion or may require a more delicate or innovative surgery.
The vets are now supposed to have a stamp that they use next to their signature when they sign a vaccination card or health permit or such official documents. The stamp will have their name, and professional designation; BVM, M.sc, MRCVS. The numbers are issued in numerical order, so a vet that is over 50 years old will likely have a 3 digit KVB number and a vet that is 30 years old will likely have a 4 digit number as a rule of thumb. You can also check the KVB website to see the vets name and KVB numbers and the year they graduated.
Another exciting new change is CPD or Continuing Professional Development. This is also past due in my opinion. Vets like any other professional that graduate then never continue to read, study or attend clinics and seminars does not stay current! Whether you are a vet, a computer technician, an architect or a dog trainer you need to read and study as the world comes up with new information and ideas all the time. Computers make it easier to read current online articles and professional journals. While some vets strive to learn and acquire new knowledge, most don't! The new CPD states that veterinary surgeons and veterinary para-professionals must continue their professional education by attending lectures, seminars and clinics that are assigned a point value. Vets must acquire 20 points in a year and the veterinary para-professionals must reach 14 points per years or they will not be retained in the register.
I wish the Kenya Vet Board great success in their new endeavor, as it will improve the vet care available in this country for our pets and animals!
Amy L. Rapp
Companion Dog Trainer
Canine Education, Welfare and Rehoming
0733 255 406